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Cakewalk SONAR X1 Producer Edition Tutorial


Cakewalk SONAR X1 is the most recent update in a long line of full-featured Digital Audio Workstations on the cutting edge of audio production. Packaged with one of the largest set of features and tools in any audio application, it can be overwhelming to master. Sam McGuire, audio engineer, author, and educator, explains Sonar using a variety of examples and real world work flows. Follow along using the provided work files and explore the multifaceted features of Sonar with Sam as your guide. Both first-time Sonar users who are trying to figure out basic tasks and experienced veterans who are looking to explore the latest features will find just what they are looking for in this VTC course. To begin learning Sonar today, simply click on the movie links.

Introduction

Sonar X1 Introduction
Overview of Training

Setup

Preferences Menu
Audio
MIDI
File
Project
Customization

Skylight

New Interface
Drag and Drop
Inspector
Control Bar
MultiDock
Browser

Editing

Smart Tools
Edit Tools
Draw Tools
Zoom and Scrub
Fades

Processing

Process Menu
Normalize and Gain
Remove Silence
DC Offset and Reverse
Fades and Crossfades

AudioSnap

Fundamentals
Recording without a Metronome
Timing Errors
Matching Track Timings
Doubling Parts
Tempo Operations
Transient Markers

Loops and Groove Clips

Creating and Editing Groove Clips
Pitch Markers
MIDI Groove Clips

MIDI

MIDI Defined
Event List
Piano Roll
In-line Piano Roll
Controllers
Quantization
Fit Improvisation
MIDI Effects
Drum Maps

Survey of MIDI Effects

Quantizing
Echo Delay
Event Filter
Arpeggiator
Chord Analyzer / Transpose
Velocity

V-Vocal

Activating V-Vocal
Pitch
Time
Formants
Dynamics
Pitch to MIDI

Mixing

Signal Flow
Inserts and Sends
Metering
Busses
Track Automation pt. 1
Track Automation pt. 2
Clip Automation
Recording Automation
Snapshots

ProChannel

Interface
Dynamics
Equalizer
Tube Sat
Routing Examples

Effects

Organizing Effects
Effects Chains
Sidechaining
Freezing Tracks

Dynamics

Compressors
Boost11
Gates
Multiband
Leveler and Shaper
Percussion Strip
Vintage Channel

Equalization

Analyst
LP-64 EQ
Sonitus: fx Equilizer

Time

Reverb
Perfect Space
Delays

Specialty

Guitar Effects
Chorus / Phasing / Flanging
Channel Effects
Pitch

Instruments

Session Drummer 3
Synths
Samplers

Notation

Staff View
Tablature and Lyrics
Printing

Step Sequencer

Using the Step Sequencer
Programming Rhythms

Matrix View

Using the Matrix View
Triggering Cells
Practical Usage

Video

Importing Video Clips
Scoring to Picture
Exporting with Video

Surround Sound

Setting Up Surround Sound
Mixing Surround
Exporting Surround

Bouncing Sessions

Bouncing the Final Mix
Formats
CD and Publisher
Archiving Projects

Conclusion

Review / Final Thoughts

Credits

About the Author


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